Urban Strategies in Vienna
Urban Strategies participants are part of the community of about 150 graduate- and PhD students of the Institute of Architecture with its three architectural studios lead by world prominent architects (Zaha Hadid, Greg Lynn, Hani Rashid). Students have the opportunity to participate in the Universities´ lecture series, architectural events, exhibitions and take advantage of further academic opportunities.
Within the Urban Campus the Urban Strategies Studio is located in one of the auxiliary buildings and gives room to workspaces for the participants, seminars and presentations. The Universities´ Library, further workshops, lecture halls, exhibition spaces, and canteen are located in the main building – 3 minutes foot walk from the Postgraduate Studio. State-of-the-art computer technology and well equipped workshops - including CAD/CAM machines - are at student’s disposal and help to critically manifest concepts and transform them into projects.
Life in Vienna
Vienna is a former imperial residence that offers top-class art and architecture. From the gothic St. Stephan´s cathedral to the baroque palaces of emperors and the aristocracy or the eclectic splendor of the Ringstrasse, from the Art Nouveau buildings of Otto Wagner to the Haas House by Hans Hollein or the Gasometer conversions by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Jean Nouvel etc., Vienna is a city of world-famous architectural gems. Two of the world’s largest art collections, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Albertina, with its 1.5 million works of graphic art, make Vienna a capital of the art world. So does the Museumsquartier, one of Europe’s largest center for modern art. As a music capital, Vienna is recognized around the world for hosting the Musikverein, the Staatsoper, and many other institutions. As a literature capital it is the residence of nobel prize laureate 2004 Elfriede Jelinek.
The city´s history as a melting pot of cultures is reflected in the life of the city - on the streets and in the city’s hundreds of bars and restaurants and it offers plentiful opportunities for relaxation and sports in the surrounding mountain and sea-side landscape. Mercer’s 2010 survey highlights: Vienna scores highest for overall quality of living!
Vienna is a nexus between Western and Eastern Europe and various other European capitals can be reached within a short time: the city is 40 min from Bratislava by car, 2 hours from Budapest and 4 hours from Prague, Ljubljana or Venice. By plane it is 1.5 hours to London, Paris, Berlin or Rome and 2.5 hours to Stockholm or Moscow. Vienna Airport offers many low-fare connections to destinations worldwide, and is becoming a gateway to the east.
Life in and around Vienna is very affordable, it has a low cost of living in comparison to other capital cities - for accommodation, food, books, recreation etc. You can calculate on 800,- Euros per month.